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Phish.net Interviews Mike Gordon

Posted Mar 07, 2011 8:54 am by sethadam1 - 12 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d74e0b8

Mike Gordon is an artist. Anyone who has studied his body of work knows that his creativity knows no bounds, mostly to the joy of others, though often also to their cheerful confusion and bemusement. His approach to art in general and music specifically is seen through a singularly distinctive lens that begs additional exploration. So when we had the chance to chat last week, I wanted to talk about his approach to his art.

Gordon is a pleasant kind of guy, and within seconds he had done his part to cast away the awkwardness of a typical interview. I asked if we could talk about the song writing process and he dove right in. Was there a typical process involved in him bringing a finished song to his band or if he brought just skeletons to them, allowing the group to apply the final touches? "I would like to do more of the latter," Gordon said. While Moss was largely written before the band was assembled, he aspires to welcome his band more into the writing process.

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Mike's Inspirational Kontest Explained

Posted Feb 28, 2011 9:03 pm by sethadam1 - 108 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d6c53e4

We're very excited to announce the next in a long line of Phish.net giveaways! We're giving away 2 tickets to any show on the upcoming Mike Gordon tour!! The rules are simple: just write an acrostic poem using any song title from Mike's newest album "Moss." Choose a song and write a poem using the first letter from each word in the song title. It can be humorous, dramatic, adventurous, melancholy... even a short morality play. Whatever your chosen genre, your peers will get to vote on your comments. We'll close the thread on the evening of March 4, then we'll take the 3 highest rated poems at that time and a small circle of old, beaded, crusty phish.net admins will convene in a dark room and subjectively select a winner. The grand prize winner will get two tickets to any show on the upcoming tour, the two runners up will each get a signed copy of Moss on vinyl.

We took a little liberty with the title of this blog post, as you no doubt noticed, but we hope you'll take the challenge seriously. Contests anytime need to satisfy typical appeal: never devalued, sometimes thoughtlessly invented, lovingly lauded.

Please note that in order to qualify, you must have a Phish.net account, you must post between now and March 4, 2011 at midnight, and you must have a valid email address attached to your phish.net account.

You may enter as many times as you like. Also, don't forget to check out our Phan Food contest going on in the Phish.net Forum. Good luck!

Mystery Jam Monday Part 39

Posted Feb 28, 2011 12:34 pm by lumpblockclod - 13 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d6b23a1, posted in the Audio category (481 listens)

The Blog returns with the 39th installment of the Mystery Jam series. Just like every week, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck....

Late Tuesday Hint: Another week where we really don't need a hint. Sigh.

Wednesday Answer: 8/10/04 "Birds of a Feather." For any of you who may have thought that Phish couldn't bring it in 2.0, the defense rests. Congrats to RabeldyNugs for nailing it within 10 minutes of it being posted. Quite impressive. The Blog will be back on Monday with MJXL.

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Oscar night: Aron Ralston's method acting tip

Posted Feb 27, 2011 11:56 am by jackl - 3 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d6a8236, posted in the Quote category

To make James Franco's portrayal of Aron Ralston [as the injured climber in the Oscar nominated film 127 Hours] as accurate as possible, Ralston told [film director Danny] Boyle to have Franco recite lyrics from the jam band Phish, Ralston's favorite band."

-- From "The ins and outs of Oscar Nominees" by Michael Machosky in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/movies/s_724747.html#ixzz1FB9i0m5f

Mystery Jam Monday Part 38

Posted Feb 21, 2011 12:34 pm by lumpblockclod - 10 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d628016, posted in the Audio category (504 listens)

The Blog returns with a President's Day Mystery Jam. Just like every week, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday.

One programming note: in an effort to make the Mystery Jam more west coast friendly, we will be posting the MJ later in the day on Monday. The trade off is... well, there shouldn't really be any trade off, but there is a possibility that if something goes wrong in posting, I won't be able to fix it until later in the day. Thanks to President's Day, that wo't be an issue today. Good luck and, for those who have the day off from work, enjoy the holiday...

Tuesday Hint: For the second straight week, it does't look like we need a hint.

Wednesday Answer: Yes, it was the glorious 8/10/97 "Cities." Yunkfunk was the first to guess it and for that a shiny LivePhish.com MP3 download code will soon be coming his way. See you all next Monday.

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Introducing... Sideshows

Posted Feb 21, 2011 10:16 am by lumpblockclod - 5 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4d6281db

In a feature that has been a long time coming, the Phish.net site team is very excited to bring you the first installment of Side Project Setlists. We invite you to go ahead and poke around – because we know you will anyway – but we really can't stress enough that this content is very much in development. If you see something that is incomplete or doesn’t quite work as you may have thought, for now know that it is a work-in-progress and that we’ll provide updates when major sections are complete. That said, we hope you'll agree that, once we finish (and we really can't stress enough that it could take us a while), Phish.net will be the definitive site for all Phish-related setlists.

The roll-out is going to start with Trey's side projects. All of our setlists will be vetted by our setlist team (to the extent they circulate) and documented to the same standards as Mockingbird's Phish setlists – lovingly detailed and comprehensively. Like our Phish setlists, this is a collaborative process in which we invite the entire community to participate; if you notice anything incorrect or missing, please follow the links on the setlists to submit a correction.

We also have plans to start creating Song Histories for all TAB songs. If you have any interest in assisting with that process, feel free to send a private message to @lumpblockclod or @pzerbo.

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